bio and CV

introduction

Welcome to the archive website of Anna Best. We are currently refurbishing the site and some projects are inaccessible. Please get in touch for a password.  Designed as a filing cabinet each file divider represents a project or piece of work, arranged in chronological order by title. Viewers can click on the title of the filing tab and see that work’s documentation…… Images and short description with details such as date, duration, context, artefacts, funder, credits etc. are contained within.

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about

Anna’s art practice has a conceptual approach and over time she has employed a large number of techniques and materials, though always underpinned by writing and photography. Past projects were conceived as performance: live experiences, when the event was also a context-specific installation (approx 1995-2005). The audience are within the scene and are part of the work. In this work, she has embraced complexity, invited contingency and questioned networks of relationships and layers of collaboration. Process is important: whether thinking, production, or communication process, in all its messiness, with all its surprises and failures. She proposed that these time based projects can occupy public space underpinned with the question “When, as opposed to what, is the art?”. Past projects (labelled ‘Socially Engaged’) also interpret the commission and the institutional agenda (e.g. Occasional Sights reinterprets the photograph as an act rather than an image, error 404, satirises the newly emerging internet as a department store, Mecca, with Camden Arts Centre 2000 questions the ‘art for all’ agenda of publicly funded art establishments ‘outreach’ programmes). In this period she was also  interested in independance from the art market,  engaging in short and long term affiliations and collaborations with other artists,  initiating curated projects with a focus on autonomy and self education, (e.g Shave Artist Workshops, 1991-7, Road for the Future, 2012, Prospectus, 2017). Anna has been working independently with a studio practice for the past 10 years ( ‘Asocial’). She is making single screen video (The Tangle 2018 and Plastic Water Stone 2019, alongside writing (Limestone Interruptions) and watercolour (Selfies 2021). She is also making new work in collaboration with Nick Berkeley.

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Anna Best CV  

Born 1965 – London, UK

 

Education

1994-1995 Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, NL. 

1984-1987  Coventry (Lanchester) Polytechnic, Coventry,

  First Class B.A. (Hons) Degree in Fine Art.

1983-1984 Hounslow Borough College Art & Design Foundation course.

Video works + Screenings

2019 The Tangle (2018)

HD video

Duration: 7’5”

screenings:

Arts + Culture, M+D Cinema, University of Exeter, Devon

Eve’s Creation, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset

2018 Snakes in the Grass (2017)

HD video

Duration 14’40”

Arcadia screening @ Denman and Gould, Somerset

Lower Hewood Farm film Festival 2017

2018 Plastic Water Stone (2019) 

      HD Video

      Duration 22’22”

      Screening /Performance with Chek Best 

      KUDA IDEMO? (Where are we going?) 

      Almissa Performance Art Festival, Omis, Croatia

2017 Time + Energy (2017)

HD Video 

Duration: 37’33”

screenings:

Lower Hewood Farm, Dorset 2014

Groundwork 2017

CAST, Helston, Cornwall

2006 Buddleia (2006)

HD Video (16mm film)

Duration: 13’40’

screening:

Poligon Festival, Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina 2017

Slow exhibition, Plymouth Arts Centre 2006

 

Projects 

2018 Archipelagos of KnowledgeThe Tangle (video 13’)

Exeter UniversityArts + Culture & Gingko Projects co-commission.

University of Exeter, Devon

(video 13’)

2014/15 The Subject Index

Peckham Platform, London

installation, talks, participation

(publication Entries & Records)

2014 Time and Energy

film screening of single channel video 38min.

Lower Hewood Farm Festival, Dorset

2011/13• Bearpits + Landmines

commission, Artlands North Kent

events, printed matter, video game and i-phone app bearpits

Cyclopark, Gravesend, Kent

Womad Music Festival, Glos.

free i-phone app at i-tunes – www.bearpits + Landmines 

2008/9 • Vauxhall Pleasure 

single screen video (22’), 7 screen video installation and musical performance

Cutting Edge and Oxford Contemporary Music tour

The Holywell Music Room, Oxford; The Warehouse, London; 

The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Wilts

 

2007 • Buddleia

Single screen video (14’ shot on 16mm film)  

Oddfellows Hall, Devonport and with ‘More Opportunities’ by B.Holub, 

Plymouth Arts Centre, Devon

(publication – ‘Between the Vanguard and the Peripheral’ Paula Orrell, PAC)

2007 • The Sticky Silver Track

Live art events, children’s book published Barbican, sculpture  Barbican Estate

Barbican Art Gallery, London

(publication isbn – 978 0 946372 37 9)

2004+ • Vauxhall Pleasure 

Live art event, musical performances, broadsheet, website

Collaboration with Paul Whitty

Tate Britain – ‘Tate Late’, London

Museum of Garden History – ‘Tempered Ground’, London

B+B at ICA, London

(publication – ‘Open Space, art in the public realm in London’ 95-05)

2001-3 • Occasional Sights

Book, live research and walking tours

The Photographers’ Gallery 

funded by London Arts Residencies Fund and Arts Council England 

(publication – Occasional Sights – a London guidebook of missed opportunities and things that aren’t always there – isbn 0 907879 66 7)

2002 • Phil

musical performances, video, live event

Lambeth Riverside ‘Beaufoy Art Project’ with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, produced  with Gasworks Gallery and Danielle Arnaud  Parabola Trust

public performance The Beaufoy Insitute, Vauxhall,  London

 

2001 • Away Weekend, [a-n-n-a] & Team Build

live events, magazine, conference

Year of the Artist Media Residency with  [a-n] the artists information company

and in association with  B+B and  Baltic. Newcastle & Gateshead

1999 • The Festival of Lying

live event, video, photographs, website

Collaboration  with  Karen Guthrie, Nina Pope and Simon Poulter

Grizedale, Cumbria

www.grizedale.org./lying

www.grizedale.org./shuttleworth

•People From Off 

Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

2000 • error 404

website, drawing

e-2 commission with technical director Peter Edwards

The Lux, London

www.e-2.org

Borderline, Amsterdam 2002

Pulgar magazine, Venezuela

1999-2000• Mecca and eyes-down.com

live event, 16mm film and slide projections, conversations, wesbite

Camden Arts Centre ‘North London Link’ commission

Mecca State Bingo Hall, London

www.eyes-down.com/ 

2000:   99/00

live events, video

collaboration with Ella Gibbs

Artsway ‘world of our landscape’ commission 

Sway, New Forest, UK

www.artsway.org.uk

1998 • The Wedding Project

live event, video, photographs

Tate Modern commission

Borough Market and Tate Gallery of Modern Art Visitor Centre, London, UK

1996 • Texaco Love

live events, videos, photographs, collages, newletter

Casco Projects and Texaco service stations

Utrecht, The Netherlands

Curatorial collaborations

2017 Prospectus

commission with Somerset Art Works

The University Centre and Huish Academy, Somerset

The Cuts (video loop 15’) and PaperCuts publication

 

2016 – 19 Force 8 

with Hester Schofield, a creative practitioners collective, Bridport, Dorset

Mission Space inaugural presentation West Bay Methodist Chapel 

Mission Space

2016 – 20 The Mothership

a social art project – artist’s residency, Dorset

http://mothershipresidencies.tumblr.com/

2010/11+ road for the future

collaborations, website, events, commissions with 

Anna Lucas, Adam Chodzko, Judith Dean, Pilot Publishing

Powerstock Common, Dorset

Arts Council England grant for artists funded

www.roadforthefuture.info 

2003-5 • Free Lunch 

Conversation events, website

Arts Council of England commission for Interrupt Symposia series

1991-1997 Shave Artists Workshops

with Rowena Pearce, Ella Gibbs +

Shave Farm, Bruton, and Nettlecombe, Somerset

https://www.facebook.com/shaveartists/photos/

Selected Group exhibitions

2017 Speculative Art School curated by Sarah Bowden

PaperCuts 

Hardwick Centre for fine art + photography

University of Gloucestershire

 

2015 Winter Garden

Reading Rye Lane performance walks

Flat Time House, London

curated by Lucy Reynolds

2007 SLOW

Buddleia proposal to City Council

exhibition Plymouth Arts Centre, Devon

2006/7 Whitstable Biennale 

Whitstable Herne Bay Dover Folkestone Rye…

      shipping container, shelving, seating, 90 local newspapers, public readings

      Whitstable Biennale, Kent

      Plymouth City centre, Devon

2005 The New Forest Pavillion 

www.annabest.info

ArtSway

Venice Biennale

2004 Functionsuite

Unchain the Lunatics

research and contribution to book, Edinburgh

(catalogue)

2003 Bow Festival 

Waterways – London (with Andrea Crociani)

Live event, video

Space Place commission

2002 Art For Networks

Curated by Simon Pope

Ice Cream Van Convention 

Conversations, video

Chapter Arts, Cardiff 

National Tour Fruitmarket, Edinburgh, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh, 

Vardy gallery, Sunderland

(catalogue)

2000-2001 • Demonstration Room, Ideal House

curated by Julieta Gonzalez and Jesus Soto

Anti Lonely House 

Video, drawing 

Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela, Apex Gallery, New York, USA

N.I.C.C., Antwerp, Belgium. 

(catalogue)

1999 • Go Away 

curated by Rebecca Shatwell

fleet (a promotional video for 20/20)

video, photograph

Royal College of Art Curating & Commissioning M.A. Show

(catalogue)

1998 • GLEAN

curated by Naomi Siderfin

Visionhire  

Live events, installation, sculptures, video, photographs

Lambeth Walk and Beaconsfield, London

(catalogue)

1997 • Summer Collection ’97

curated by David Thorp, Heather Galbraith, Marina Fokidis and Bettina Wilhelm 

A Real Pony Race For A Bridle

Live event, installation, photographs, videos

Burgess Park and South London Gallery, London

(video)

Awards

2018 • British Council + Arts Council England

Artists International Development Fund – Split, Croatia.

2010 • Grants for the Arts Award, Arts Council England (road for the future, Dorset) 

2009 • Wide Open Space art program Dorset Design and Heritage Forum (road for the     

future, Dorset)

2007 • AHRC funding with Paul Whitty at Oxford Brookes (Vauxhall Pleasure video & 

Sound and Music Cutting Edge tour)

2004 • Arts Council England London Grant to Artists Award (Vauxhall Pleasure)

2004 • Live Art Development Agency One to One Bursary

2003 • Arts Council England Grants to Individual Artists x 2 (Occasional Sights, London 

& Leleg  Symposium, Turkey) 

2002 • British Council Travel Award 

2001 • London Arts Visual Artists Award

London Arts Residency Fund (Occasional Sights)

Northern  Arts Artists Award (Team Build)

2000 • Northern  Arts Regional Arts Lottery Programme (The Festival of Lying)

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (The Festival of Lying) 

British Council Travel Award

1999 • Arts Council for New Media Project at Grizedale

British Council Grants To Artists Awards; Miroslav Kraljevic Galery, Croatia

1998 • British Council (UK & Slovenia) Grants to Artists Award. (Case Study Home)

1997 • London Arts Board Individual Artists Research & Development Award.

1996 • British Council (UK) Grants to Artists Award. (Memory Palace, Poland)

British Council (Prague) Travel Grant for Shave UK. (Subrosa festival, Czech Rep)

British Council (Brussels) Travel Grant, Belgium. (Shaken Not Stirred, Pepinieres)

1995 • De Grontmij Groep: Rijksakademie Annual Sponsorship.

The Foundation for Sports and the Arts, UK: Rijksakademie Sponsorship. 

 

Residencies, Workshops, Talks

2019 • Dare to be Different, “why Failure is important” with Sally Lemsford, Seafair / Culture+, Literary Scientific Institute, Dorset

2018 • Liquidscapes (screening Plastic Water Stone)

art.earth Creative Summit, Dartington, Devon

Prospecting a one-day symposium exploring “directions and territories for artists’ practice” with Su Jones, University Centre Somerset, Taunton

2017 • KURS Marco Marulic Writers and Artists Residency Split, Croatia

Arts Academy of the University of Split, artists talk, Split, Croatia

  Developing Dorset’s rural art ecology, a one-day symposium for Culture+ and The Architectural Association at Hooke Park, Dorset

Cornwall College Cranborne, Talk for Groundwork international art in Cornwall

2016 • Plymouth College of Art, artists talk and tutorials, Plymouth

2015 • The Independent School of Art, talk and screening, Falmouth

2013 • The Cornwall Workshop, Kestle Barton, Cornwall

2009 • The Vauxhall Pleasure Symposium: Traffic, town planning and the artist’s 

response, with Paul Whitty, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, Oxford

2006    Gallery art in alternative spaces, Fabric Symposium, The City Gallery and Leicester University Department of Museum Studies, Leicester

2005 • ‘Like Nothing Else’ Engage conference, Arnolfini, Bristol

2003 • Beyond the Residency Seminar at Fabricca, Brighton

Art Intervention Seminar at Vilma Gold. Control Magazine 

2002 • Birkbeck College Lecture with Polly Rousch

2001 • Mediarama, XXIst century, Female century art and new media festival

Sevilla, Spain. (error 404)

Whitechapel Gallery, Temporary Accomadation, London

Gallery Discussion with Royal College of Art students and Francoise Dupre

Art In Motion time based media festival (www.grizedale.org/lying)

Museum of Santa Monica, California, USA

Context/Art/Mediation – Work meeting/Library/Archive/Project Room

Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin

2000 • Chapter Arts: BBC online Art For Networks Paper. Cardiff. 

SQAL/LP, systems questioning art live/life project

The Fishing Museum and Live Art Archive, University of Brighton, Brighton

La llama Taller Internacional/Triangle Artists Workshop, Venezuela

Bath Spa Project Video/film Research Residency, Bath

1999 • Grizedale: New Media Residency with Karen Guthrie, Nina Pope, Simon Poulter, 

The Performing Arts Labs: Collaboration with prang and [rout]; 

Choreographers Lab, Bore Place, Kent

PVA: digital arts lab; Visiting Artist talk. Bridport, Dorset

Camden Arts Centre  Residency; series of Public Discussions including eyes down with Karen Stripp, other events with Nina Pope and Amy Plant

Casco Projects: Real Experiments Seminar: with Hinrich Sachs. Utrecht

Tate Gallery of Modern Art: Panel Discussion: Blind Date.

Teaching

2019 • Falmouth School of Art, Guest Lecture and Fine Art BA tutorials

2018 • Kingston University, Architecture  Department, BA Crit.

2016 • Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth, visiting lecture

2016 • Kingston University, Architecture  Department, BA Crit.

2005-6 • Goldsmith’s College, University of London

Part time Lecturer, Fine art & Visual Culture

2004 • Central St Martins, University of the Arts

Weekly Seminar: Cultural Theory department with Neil Chapman.

2003 • Brighton University

Part time lecturer: Theatre and Visual Art in School of Art & Communications. 

• University of Central England

part time Lecturer: Fine Art B.A. and M.A. Course.  

Oxford Brookes University. 

Visiting Lecturer: MA Contemporary Arts and Music.

Goldsmiths College 

Visiting Lecturer: Joint Fine Art and Art History B.A. 

2001 • University of Central England 

Part-time lecturer: Fine Art B.A. and M.A. Course. 

Brighton University 

Visiting Lecturer: Live Art Archive.

2000 • University of Wales: 

Workshop Leader: Time Based Media B.A with Ella Gibbs.

Royal College of Art 

Visiting lecturer: computer related design BA with Nina Pope.

Dartington College of Arts

Visiting  lecturer: BA Fine Art.

1999 • The Royal College of Art 

Visiting Lecturer: Visual Arts Administration MA. with Camden Arts Centre.

Contact

Copse Barn, Powerstock, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3TQ, UK

28 Urlwin Street , London SE5 0NF, UK

Telephone: +44 (0) 7810 374 745

e-mail: me@annabest.info

website: www.annabest.info

Referees

Emily Druiff, Director, Peckham Platform, 89 Peckham High St, London SE15 5RS

020 7358 9645

Lucy Reynolds, c/0 Flat Time House, 210 Bellenden Road, London SE15 4BW

07985 050 946